What we do
Established in 1986, EpiCentre has developed into an international focus group for veterinary epidemiology and public health. It is the largest veterinary epidemiology training and research centre in Australasia and is considered one of the leading groups in the world.
We have expertise in:
- the understanding and control of disease in animal populations
- the transmission of disease from animals to humans
- hazards in food of animal origin.
We're renowned for our commitment to long-term research goals and our innovative use of epidemiological techniques in research and problem-solving.
WOAH Collaborating Centres
Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health
EpiCentre is the lead agency for this collaborating centre. Partnering with mEpiLab and China Animal Health and Epidemiology, we provide world-leading expertise in our speciﬁed ﬁelds for the Asia-Pacific region. Areas of expertise include veterinary epidemiology, veterinary public health, biosecurity and molecular epidemiology. We're pioneers in One Health research and training.
Diagnostic Test Validation Science in the Asia-Pacific Region
The Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness is the lead agency for this collaborating centre. We became a member in 2017, along with the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences at Melbourne University. We each bring a unique skill set in veterinary epidemiology, development and validation of diagnostic tests for emerging and transboundary animal diseases, and endemic animal diseases.
Fields of research at the EpiCentre range from diseases of New Zealand livestock to the development of more effective animal health care delivery systems for New Zealand livestock producers, as well as for subsistence farmers in Asia and Africa.
Examples include Johne’s disease in ruminant species, mastitis and lameness in dairy cattle, respiratory disease in pigs and sheep, and tuberculosis in farmed animals and wildlife, to diseases of global importance (bovine spongiform encephalopathy, foot-and-mouth disease, avian influenza).
The EpiCentre, in liaison with partner institutes, is engaged in extensive research and training in public health and food safety, for example:
- leptospirosis and cryptosporidiosis
- campylobacteriosis, salmonellosis and E.coli 0157.
A study during the 2021/2022 dairy season to identify risk factors for salmonella outbreaks on dairy farms.
Theses and dissertations
A list of recent dissertations and theses from EpiCentre students.
Alicia Coupe (2021) Investigating Toxoplasma gondii in the marine environment in New Zealand : from cats to kai moana (shellfish)
Sonali Darshika Dissanayake (2021) Bovine viral diarrhoea virus in New Zealand dairy cattle : a review of diagnostic methodologies and preliminary data on circulating genotypes
Katja Elisabeth (2021) TeamMate: a longitudinal study of health in working farm dogs on the South Island of New Zealand
Sabrina Greening (2020) Integrating host population contact structure and pathogen whole-genome sequence data to understand the epidemiology of infectious diseases
Jun-Hee Han (2020) Establishment of optimal control strategies to eliminate bovine viral diarrhoea in New Zealand
Milan Gautam (2019) Epidemiology of Ovine Paratuberculosis in New Zealand
Mary Van Andel (2019) Extrapolating incomplete animal population and surveillance data for use in national disease control: Examples from Myanmar and New Zealand
Danchen (Aaron) Yang (2019) Epidemiological studies of bovine digital dermatitis in pasture-based dairy system in New Zealand
Yuni Yupiana (2019) Leptospirosis in Dairy Herds
Arata Hidano (2018) Optimising the use of new data streams for making epidemiological inferences in veterinary epidemiology
Nelly Marquetoux (2017) Ovine Paratuberculosis Transmission Dynamics and Cost - Effectiveness of Interventions
Study with us
We offer the only veterinary epidemiology speciality qualification in Australasia. The Master of Veterinary Studies in Epidemiology is our flagship qualification. It has been gained by postgraduate students from over 30 countries worldwide since 1995.
Study with us and you will be taught by staff from the only WOAH Collaborating Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health.
If you would like to discuss possible postgraduate studies with us, contact Dr Emilie Vallee at email@example.com.
Veterinary Epidemiology – Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Science
Study a Postgraduate Diploma in Veterinary Science (Veterinary Epidemiology) at Massey University, home to the EpiCentre - the largest veterinary epidemiology training and research centre in Australasia.
Epidemiology – Master of Veterinary Studies
Join the only veterinary epidemiology speciality qualification in Australasia, taught by staff from the only OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) Collaborating Centre for Epidemiology and Public Health.
Short courses for professional development
We offer the following short course.
Visualising Animal Health Data with QGIS
This course covers how to generate static and interactive maps of animal or public health data using the open-source software “QGIS”.
If you have a general enquiry or would like to discuss the development of a custom short course for your organisation, contact Dr Chris Compton.
Dr Chris Compton
Who we are
Our team has vast international experience in academic research and its practical implications for government and industry.
Professor Naomi Cogger
Dr Chris Compton
Dr Ahmed Fayaz
Dr Hammed Fatoyinbo
Dr Jun-Hee Han
Dr Katja Isaksen
Dr Nelly Marquetoux
Dr Art Subharat
Dr Emilie Vallee
Dr Masako Wada
Collaborators and partners
EpiCentre and mEpiLab
In 2008, a second Massey University epidemiology group, The Molecular EpiLab (mEpiLab), was founded as an off-spring of the EpiCentre. The two form a close partnership as they provide world-class excellence in research and development of population health in animals and humans.
WOAH Collaborating Centre partners
Australian Centre for Disease Preparedness (ACDP)
ACDP helps protect Australia’s multi-billion dollar livestock and aquaculture industries, and the general public, from emerging infectious disease threats. It is a high-containment facility designed to allow scientific research into the most dangerous infectious agents in the world.
China Animal Health and Epidemiology Centre (CAHEC)
CAHEC is a pioneer of One Health research and training in China.
Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health Laboratory (mEpiLab)
mEpiLab is within the Hopkirk Research Institute on Massey University's Manawatū (Palmerston North) campus. Their research has improved our understanding of the epidemiology, evolution and control of infectious disease. It has also contributed to major reductions in the rates of foodborne disease in New Zealand.
Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences (FVAS)
FVAS, The University of Melbourne, has an international reputation for excellence in research and its links with industry and stakeholders. Their research provides valuable input into solving global issues, such as food security for a rapidly growing population, animal health and well-being, and climate change.
- Atlantic Veterinary College Epidemiology and Biostatistics Group, University of Prince Edward Island (Canada)
- Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA), The University of Melbourne (Australia)
- Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (Australia)
- Department of Population Medicine, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph (Canada)
- Dr Gareth Enticott, School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University (Wales)
- National Institute of Agricultural Technology (Argentina)
- Professor Emeritus Richard Whittington, Farm Animal Health, The University of Sydney (Australia)
- Quarantine Inspection Agency (QIA), Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency (Korea)
- Royal Veterinary College, University of London (England)
New Zealand collaborators
- Centre for Public Health Research (CPHR) (Massey University)
- Kiwifruit Vine Health (KVH)
- Know Lepto, Leptospirosis New Zealand
- Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), Manatū Ahu Matua
- One Health Aotearoa (Otago University)
- OSPRI (Operational Solutions for Primary Industries)
- Working Dog Centre (Massey University)
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